Many owners, noticing that their dog is rolling the butt on the floor, quickly grab onto their gadgets to film such comical behavior of the dog on video. And in vain, because the reasons for such behavior can lie in various diseases. In this article, we will understand why animals scratch their anus by riding on a carpet or the floor.
Reasons for riding the butt
If a dog fidgets on the floor, what does that mean? Most often this is the main sign that she is worried about anal itching. In addition to riding on the fifth point, the owner may notice several other alarming symptoms in his pet: anxiety, poor sleep, persistent licking of the anus, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite. Let’s try to find out what are the most common reasons for such an unpleasant phenomenon as a dog riding on the butt:
- Blockage of the perianal glands. The most common reason why dogs roll on the floor on the bottom lies in the disruption of the perianal glands, which produce an odorous secret, which is necessary for marking the territory. Such a problem develops when the consistency of the secretion of the perianal glands changes from the usual to too liquid or thick, for example, against the background of hypothermia, stress, hormonal disorders, or weakening of the immune system. In addition to itching, dogs with blockage of the perianal glands suffer from loss of appetite, pain in the anus, restless sleep, stool disturbances, and ulceration in the anus.
- Helminthiasis. Parasitic worms are one of the main reasons why a dog rides its booty on the floor, carpet, grass. If there are a lot of helminths in the intestines, they tend to get out through the anus, as a result of which the dog furiously licks itself under the tail and rides on the pope. Other symptoms of worm infestation are constipation, interspersed with diarrhea (blood may be present in the feces, and sometimes fragments of parasites), lack of appetite or severe food intake, weight loss (while the belly of dogs in some cases looks bloated), poor condition of the coat and skin, swelling of the limbs, cough.
- Hemorrhoids. If the dog rides on the priest, but there are no worms, then one can suspect the expansion of hemorrhoidal veins due to, for example, low or excessive physical activity, obesity, hormonal disruption. Symptoms of canine hemorrhoids, in addition to rolling on the bottom of the floor, are frequent licking of the anus, constipation (when trying to relieve themselves, the dog takes an unnatural posture, sometimes whining mournfully), blood in the feces (the feces itself is very hard), a lump in the anal area (in an advanced stage bleeding).
- Colitis. It happens that the dog goes booty due to inflammation of the colon. The reasons for the development of colitis are foreign objects stuck in the intestines, helminthic invasions, autoimmune disorders, stress, malnutrition and dysbiosis, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, oncological processes, etc.). With colitis, in addition to itching of the anus, there will be rumbling and pain in the abdomen, fever, increased gas formation, bad breath, loss of appetite, weight loss, gray plaque on the tongue, periodic cases of vomiting, tachycardia.
- Enterocolitis. With inflammation of the small and large intestines, the dog may also experience severe itching of the anus. Past infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, parasite infestations, poisoning, food allergies, unhealthy diet, and prolonged use of antibiotics usually lead to enterocolitis. Symptoms of such a disease, in addition to itching in the pope, are nausea, loose stools (sometimes bloody) and constipation, pain in the peritoneum, bloating and rumbling of the abdomen.
- Dehydration. Dehydration can occur against the background of kidney failure, endocrine diseases, infectious and non-infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting and/or diarrhea, poisoning, and oncological ailments. When hard feces damage the intestines and anus, the animal begins to suffer from intolerable itching and pain, which leads to riding on the carpet. Other signs of dehydration are lethargy, weak pulse, urge to vomit, sagging skin, drooping eyes, sticky mucous membranes.
- Observance of hygiene after the toilet – this does not happen very often, but some animals, rolling on the master’s carpet, clean the soiled fur after the toilet, especially if they have loose stools for some reason. The animal, not wanting to lick itself, simply cleans off the feces adhering to the wool on the carpet, sofa upholstery, or grass during a walk. Owners in such situations need to be vigilant, every time they wash the animal after using the toilet. Typically, this canine behavior disappears after the chair is adjusted.
What to do if the dog rides the butt
If the owner notices that the pet has repeatedly ridden on the floor, it is important to visit the veterinarian’s office as soon as possible. It is unlikely that it will be possible to make a diagnosis on your own. Besides, we found out that itching in the bottom is almost always a sign of some kind of ailment that will need to be cured, so you cannot do without a specialist consultation.
So, if it is confirmed that the dog’s perianal glands are clogged, cleaning with the elimination of stagnant secretions will be required (in the capital’s clinics, about 400-700 rubles are asked for such a procedure).
With hemorrhoids, dogs are transferred to food rich in fiber. Eliminate from the diet all foods that provoke constipation (potatoes, rice, semolina, strong meat broths, etc.). To normalize the condition, dogs are prescribed warm enemas and laxatives (Duphalac, castor oil), hemostatic rectal suppositories (Anusol, Relief) In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
If riding on the priest is due to worms, deworming drugs will be required (Drontal, Kanikvantel, Milbemax, etc.). Colitis is treated with a low-calorie diet with a high content of dietary fiber and taking antibacterial and anti-inflammatory drugs (Trichopolum, Kanamycin, Biseptol, Sulfasalazine, etc.), antispasmodics (No-Shop, Baralgin), the introduction of water-salt solutions (potassium chloride).
Enterocolitis is treated with antibiotics (Levomycetin, Kanamycin, Diarkan, Sulf 120) and anti-inflammatory drugs (Prednivet, Meloxivet), antispasmodic, and adsorbents (Vetsorbin, Enterosgel), multivitamin complexes, anthelmintics (if necessary), injections of buffer solutions.
In case of dehydration, the dog will need infusion therapy, which consists of intravenous or subcutaneous infusion of saline, glucose, as well as drinking Rehydron. Dogs faced with constipation due to dehydration are transferred to the liquid and semi-liquid food watered abundantly with water (sometimes liquid has to be injected against the pet’s will through a syringe without a needle).